While killing time a few minutes ago I wandered on over to the Sabres website and decided to watch Mo’s interview with Kevin to make sure he was just as goofy and adorable as he was when he was in Washington. If you’ve seen the interview already you can imagine my pleasure around the :15 mark when he mentions all the “fanatical fans” here. Aw, shucks Mo!! I really appreciate you giving me a holler so soon after coming to the Buff!
And, um, what was Kevin thinking asking about the similarities between Washington and Buffalo? I’ve been a Sabres fan my whole life and I’ve been a Caps fan long enough to know that there are absolutely no similarities between these teams. None. Yeesh, Kevin.
It’s still weird seeing Kevin standing there in his Sabres jacket in front of their dressing room interviewing a player I’ve always known as a Cap as a Sabre. This is going to take some getting used to.
(I don’t have anything to say about Tim Kennedy getting bought out because the whole thing is just too weird and I don’t get it at all.)
Shortly before free agency began, I had a sneaking suspicion that the Sabres would go after Shaone Morrisonn. I knew that he was most likely done with Washington and I knew that the chances of the Sabres keeping Lydman and Tallinder were slim. I was never a huge Mo fan but I never disliked him. He wasn’t phenomenal but he wasn’t complete crap; he was just there. Which made me think he would be perfect for Buffalo.
In retrospect I should have written this idea of mine down, because today darling Mo (Mo I after Mo II came to town) signed a two year deal with the Sabres. Reading Twitter immediately following this deal was somewhat amusing because half of my feed was “Goodbye, Mo” and the other half was “How the eff do we spell his name?” Mo was one of those players who I really didn’t mind. I didn’t fawn over him or drool over his play, but I tolerated him. I don’t think he’ll be a standout but I think if the Sabres needed to add another body to the blueline, they could have done worse. He’s not super flashy although that might have just been because he was stuck with Mike Green. I feel like if Fat Mike is your defensive partner, you really can’t risk trying to move the puck into the offensive zone yourself. I really haven’t given any thought to any potential Sabres lines or defensive pairings this year (other than to think about the Sabres defense and shudder) so it will be interesting to see where Lindy ends up putting him. This is all going from memory, but he could handle a fair amount of minutes. One time I particularly warmed to him was against the Rangers in the playoffs last year. I can’t for the life of me remember why, I just remember that he really endeared himself for me.
As for off the ice, two things come to mind as really important. He and Brooks Laich were roommates on the road and whenever the subject of road trips or roommates or hotels came up, the two would wax poetic about their system. I’m sure I’ve written about it on here too. They had this ridiculous system set up that they followed completely on road trips. It always kind of reinforced for me that Brooksie is completely OCD.
The other thing is that Mo must have been pretty desperate if he agreed to play in Buffalo, because let me tell you something: Buffalo is not his favorite place. While my memory was slightly foggy in regards to this video and it’s actually Schultzie who names a Buffalo restaurant and not Mo, I’m 99.9% positive Mo also lists Buffalo since all the guys say Buffalo.
Regardless, I’m just glad that for once I was right. Welcome to Buffalo, Mo! I’m afraid the arena here isn’t always quite as loud as the Verizon Center, but hey, at least I’ll be there a few times!
So yesterday I returned home from my Canadian adventure, ready to start my usual summertime activities (sleeping, reading, walking the dog, lying around, doing nothing). It was actually a really nice time. Canada, you’re quite beautiful. Totally weird and wacko, but beautiful nonetheless. I consider Washington, D.C. to be one of my favorite cities on the planet (and did so before I gave a crap about their hockey team, thank you very much) so it was cool seeing Ottawa since it’s another capital city. Even though it creeped me out that all the natives walking by me probably liked the Senators. Montreal was gorgeous, all the Halak graffiti around the Bell Centre cracked me up, and I did a lot of uphill walking. Quebec City reminded me of when I was in Europe which means A+ for Quebec City!! Hearing all the French outside of a classroom setting was cool and the Chateau was breathtaking.
I legit died laughing when I saw the “Slapshot”-related shirts and I ended up buying a Nordiques shirt. Hopefully one day it will be relevant again.
There are quite a few pictures involving me and food from last week. Fear not, I ate well.
While I was away, NHL Free Agency began. Kovalchuk hasn’t signed anywhere yet (I bet he does it today just to screw with America), Volchenkov doesn’t play for the Caps, Alex Semin still does, and the Sabres signed Jordan Leopold. Um, woo? Whatever. I knew the chances of Hank and Toni sticking around were slim but now the Sabres still really do need to add a little something to the blue line. Tyler Myers aside, it’s looking a little frightening.
The Caps, on the other hand, have done pretty much nothing. If they’ve got something up their sleeve, well, that’s exciting. But if they honestly think this lineup is going to cut it, I’m concerned. HELLO. It is NOT WORKING. You need to add a few more pieces before you go out and win that Cup.
That’s all I’m going to say for now. Time to go celebrate the birth of our wonderful country. To all you Americans out there, enjoy your day!!
So originally I was quite excited about the schedule because the Caps were coming here at convenient times so I would be able to enjoy both the Sabres and the Capitals at the same time without having to worry about school or projects or tests the next day.
Today, however, I finally got around to looking at the schedules in some detail, because plans need to be made. Since the Sabres are here, whenever I get offered tickets I can just check my schedule, decide hockey > homework, and go. To see Washington, however, takes a bit more planning since travel is involved.
After the success that was the DC Adventure back in April, it was decided that we must find a way to get back for another game this year. (And there were also a few promises made about making the trek again if the Caps were to make the Cup Finals, but I don’t want to talk about it to jinx anything.) However, this is made somewhat problematic by the non-compressed schedule this upcoming season. Last season it was game after game because the league needed to fit them around the Olympic break. This season, there are breaks of several days without games. I usually like it this way. In the past, when I’ve just about had it with the Sabres, I enjoy the break and don’t even think about them and then come back refreshed and ready to try tolerating them again. Breaks in play usually work out well for me.
For the Caps, however, the roomier schedule means less games during weeks and weekends when I have a break, and this means problems. February break? They only play one game at home at the tail end. (Although this game’s timing – a day after my birthday – might work in my favor.) Christmas break? Well, they play Pittsburgh our first day of it and then after that they’re off for several days. April? Our only vacay is later in the month, meaning that it’ll already be playoffs. The only other time we have a few days off is the opening weekend in October, when my school has generously scheduled a superintendent’s conference day the Friday before Columbus Day. So, if I am to see the Caps in their home environment this year, it’s looking like it will either be New Jersey that weekend or the Rangers in February. We shall have to see how this plays out.
Despite the frustration the schedule provides, I must admit, planning road trips for games is FUN.
In The Buffalo News today, there’s an article about how the Sabres dislike drafting Europeans. Now, there are some perfectly legitimate arguments made in this article. There’s definitely a risk today with young Europeans who want to stay at home or want to sign with the KHL. I’m not disputing that at all.
But one of the examples is Dennis Persson, who played in Sweden for a few years before heading over here. Okay, I get it, you want to get use out of your picks. But you know who else stayed in Sweden for a year before coming over to the NHL? Lars Nicklas Backstrom. Yes, that’s right. And in my humble opinion, he turned out okay.
THE SABRES WON! THEY’RE STILL IN IT!!! I LOVE TYLER ENNIS!!!!!
Those freaking Caps make me so mad sometimes.
Yes, the Caps won 6-3 (and let me tell you something, Alexander Ovechkin looked BEYOND RIDICULOUS in his postgame interview with his ripped off sleeves and his hardhat. Me: “He looks like a gay construction worker.” Mom: “You’re completely right.” [ed. note: I mean this in a really affectionate way, trust me]). That was fun and I’m looking forward to Friday night.
But the Sabres lost in the second overtime because Drew Stafford is a worthless pile of poo and now they’re down 3-1 and there’s no way they’re gonna come back from that and I’m not even going to be able to see the game Friday so I won’t see them again until October and I’m sad and Ryan Miller deserves so much better and at this point he should probably just go on a killing spree or something because it’s not like his teammates care about him.
AND Colorado lost last night. That’s just the sour icing on the overcooked, dried-out cake.
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO THE CAPS FINALLY WOKE UP!!!! WOOO!!! I STILL DON’T LIKE MIKE GREEN!!!!! WOO!! MATT BRADLEY IS SUCH AN AWESOME SECRET WEAPON TO HAVE IN THE PLAYOFFS!!! WOO!!
The Alex/Nicki near-makeout after Alex’s goal will go down as my favorite playoffs moment possibly ever, regardless of what happens in the rest of the playoffs. I think that’s the best celebration I’ve ever seen.
Those freakin’ Sabres make me so freakin’ angry. Vanek would’ve made a huge difference, but from what I saw in the third period they looked like a disinterested pile of crap and from what I saw on Twitter it sounds like it wasn’t much different during the first two periods. Ryan Miller deserves so much better.
Dear Sabres Not Named Ryan Miller,
Has it even occurred to you douchebags that he’s nominated for the Vezina Trophy? Has it even occurred to you that you could argue that the nomination is in spite of you?
I Don’t Like You Very Much Right Now,
Joy: WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OH MY HOCKEY GODS NICKLAS I DIDN’T THINK YOU COULD GET BETTER BUT YOU DID!!
Mike Green is even worse than last year. Yeah, I WENT THERE.
I’m so glad they (mostly) woke up. I was worried.
Sorrow: Deat great and powerful hockey gods, I will do whatever (WHATEVER) you want, just please, please, please, by some miracle, allow Thomas to be okay. We need him. The Sabres need him. The city of Buffalo needs him.
Ever since we found out the Sabres would be playing the Bruins I whined and moaned to everyone that it would be the most boring series ever and we could all just watch highlights to see the few goals we missed. The game might have ended with the predicted score of 2-1 (calling it now – this will be the final of every game this series) but it was decidedly NOT boring. It was FUN! Like, good, old fashioned, haven’t seen this here in years playoffs fun. What a feisty bunch those Sabres are, even if Lydman did sort of turtle a little.
Vanek picked the RIGHT time to wake up. We missed you, kiddo.
I could get used to a few more games like this. Not too many (ifyaknowwaddamean!) but a few. I’m still not totally convinced about these guys, but they’re starting to win me over.
I didn’t even want the Caps to sweep anyway, so, you know, whatever Montreal. *tosses hair*